2015 Toyota Avensis saloon

2015 Toyota Avensis review

The 2015 Toyota Avensis four-door saloon is a stylish and practical family car that offers excellent quality, class-leading equipment levels and exceptional value-for-money, with a starting price from £18,085 on the road.

Launched with an impressive new look, upgraded interior and with new engine options, these improvements build on Avensis’ well-known and deserved reputation for premium levels of quality, excellent reliability and impressive durability.

Reflecting Toyota’s commitment to ever-greater levels of safety, the 2015 Toyota Avensis is targeting a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, a package of active safety technologies designed to keep you and your family safer than ever.

New Euro 6-compliant diesel engines make the 2015 Toyota Avensis both fuel efficient and kinder to the environment, with carbon emissions reduced by as much as 16% over the previous generation Avensis. It’s kinder to your wallet too, with extended service intervals reducing servicing costs by about 20% over three years/36,000 miles.

With four model grades and three engine options, you can choose from any of 12 Avensis saloon models to find the perfect car for you. Of course if you need some extra boot space, then the 2015 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports estate version is the obvious choice.

Driving

With dynamic handling, improved ride comfort and a range of responsive engines, the 2015 Toyota Avensis is a rewarding drive whether you’re negotiating busy town traffic or settling down to a long motorway run.

A significant change over the previous generation Avensis is in the engine line-up. Toyota has introduced two new diesel engines – the 110bhp 1.6-litre D4-D and 141bhp 2.0-litre D4-D – alongside a revised version of the 145bhp 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engine.

All the engines offer improvements in fuel economy and emissions over the previous generation, and have been tuned to deliver a responsive, engaging drive in combination with a six-speed manual transmission. Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT automatic transmission is also available on petrol models.

2015 Toyota Avensis driving

The handling characteristics of the 2015 Toyota Avensis have been enhanced by its stiffer bodyshell, optimised suspension settings and fine-tuned electronic power steering. As the Avensis is developed especially for Europe and built right here in Britain, you can be sure that it will deliver the performance and handling that British drivers want.

Comfort

Quieter, more comfortable and with greater levels of luxury – the 2015 Toyota Avensis offers it all. Improved insulation and noise reduction techniques have created a cabin that is noticeable quieter, adding to a calm and peaceful feel when travelling.

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Look inside the 2015 Toyota Avensis interior

Across the four model gradesActive, Business Edition, Business Edition Plus and Excel – the interior is elegant and refined, using premium quality materials for the trim and appealing combinations of fabrics including Alcantara and leather upholstery. Toyota has redesigned the front seats to be more supportive and comfortable – essential for drivers who spend most of their day behind the wheel – and even pressing the buttons and switches feels more satisfying!

2015 Toyota Avensis interior

Equipment levels are high throughout the range. As well as the Toyota Safety Sense active safety package, the entry-level Active model has cruise control, air-conditioning and a Bluetooth-equipped, six-speaker audio system as standard.

Business Edition upgrades the multimedia system to Toyota’s Touch 2 with Go navigation system that has an 8″ touchscreen display and DAB radio, along with features such as rain-sensing wipers and automatic dusk-sensing headlights. Business Edition Plus adds an extra dimension, including leather and Alcantara seats, smart entry and rear privacy glass.

2015 Toyota Avensis dashboard

At the top range, the Excel model is fitted with the enhanced Toyota Touch 2 with Go Plus multimedia and navigation system, a 10-speaker audio system, full leather interior, and clever adaptive headlights that shine into corners and junctions to give you a better view of the road ahead.

Practicality

As a large family car, the 2015 Toyota Avensis is practical by design. A spacious boot is ready to swallow the week’s shopping or luggage for a family holiday, and on the occasions where you need a little extra space, the 60:40 split rear seats fold forward. There’s an additional storage compartment under the boot floor too.

2015 Toyota Avensis saloon boot

Inside the cabin, cup holders and numerous cubby holes and storage pockets let you keep everything you need for the daily drive securely stowed while the vehicle is moving.

Safety

Like its predecessor, the 2015 Toyota Avensis has achieved the maximum five-star safety rating in official Euro NCAP tests. Its strong construction and passive safety features like SRS airbags create an environment designed to keep occupants safe in the event of an accident.

To avoid a possible collision or lessen the effects of an actual collision, every Avensis model is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense as standard. This suite of active safety technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Autonomous Emergency Braking, which monitors the road ahead to predict potential collisions, gives visual and audible warnings to the driver and, if necessary, automatically applies the brakes to slow or even stop the vehicle. On Business Edition models upwards, Safety Sense also includes Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, and Road Sign Assist.

Running Costs*

With new diesel engines and improvements to the existing 1.8-litre petrol engine, the Avensis is cheaper to run than ever before.

The new 1.6-litre D4-D desel engine is the most economical of all, achieving up to 67.3mpg on the official combined test cycle. Emissions of as little as 108g/km mean that road tax for the 1.6 D4-D Avensis will cost nothing in the first year and just £20 after that. The 2.0-litre D4-D diesel is close behind, with combined fuel consumption figures of 62.8mpg and costing as little as £30 per annum in road tax from year two.

The 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engine returns up to 47.9mpg (Multidrive S automatic transmission), with road tax costing from £130 a year.

Servicing costs are kept to a minimum with service intervals extended to 12,500 miles for diesel models, which can save up to 20% on servicing over three years.

Quality

Built to the same high quality standards as all Toyota vehicles, the 2015 Toyota Avensis is constructed here in Britain at the Burnaston plant. That’s why Toyota confidently warrants the Avensis for five years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Prices*

The 2015 Toyota Avensis with a 1.8 Valvematic petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission costs from £18,085 on the road for an Active model, rising to £21,315 and £23,115 for Business Edition and Business Edition Plus models respectively. The 1.8 Valvematic is also available with Multidrive S CVT transmission for an extra £1250.

Of the diesel models, the 1.6 D4-D begins at £19,010 for the Active grade, £22,155 for the Business Edition and £23,955 for the Business Edition Plus. The 2.0 D4-D diesel is available from Business Edition upwards, priced at £23,155. Business Edition Plus is £24,955 and the range-topping Excel model is £26,795. All diesel engines are paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

For further information about the 2015 Toyota Avensis, and to arrange a test drive, visit the designated section of the Toyota website.

*Prices correct as of 01/03/16

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